Quick Ways to Clean Your Yoga Mat


We are coming to the end of September and National Yoga Month.The perfect time for  little freshening up, so here are a few easy ways to clean your yoga mats.

* Weather warm? Take your mat outside and hose it down, use a mild soap and sponge, gently wipe down, rinse and let air dry.
* A little chillier? Soak your mat in the tub, again, a gentle rub with a mild soap, and sponge or microfiber cloth, air dry, maybe over the shower rod?
* Some mats are designed to be machine washed,before you proceed check your brand.
*In a hurry, can’t wait for “drying time”? Here is a recipe for a sanitizing spray…
Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, or 1/2 cup witch hazel.and a few drops each of 4 to 5 essential oils, tea tree, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus,peppermint or spearmint are good choices. Spray mat, gently wipe down, use a clean cloth to dry before turning it over and washing the other side. Mmmmm, nice scent!
* Not feeling ambitious? There are many mat cleaning sprays on the market, Spray, wipe, go.

That was easy, right?


It’s Time


I currently have a full inbox of emails, all of them about September. All encouraging me to get ready for Back to School,the start of a new year,a new beginning, fresh starts, new books,clothes,shoes,makeup,new ways to work on my business….new,the future,what’s next…
As an Aquarian and generally impatient person, this used to delight me,“The Future”… of course it will be better, I’ll be more content, happier, different. Really? What could be better than enjoying August, savoring summer? Wasn’t this what I was just hungering for a few months ago? I’m putting my feet up and enjoying my life right where it is this August, that new notebook will still be on a shelf in 4 or 5 weeks…
I am enjoying my Now Time.

Make Your Move



We all know the our bodies are meant to move, this is one of the reasons many of you come to class, you can feel the difference in your body after class. You enjoy this feeling.

We also all know the body, mind, and spirit are connected. An imbalance in one area can ripple into other areas. You don’t enjoy this feeling.

There is a way from here (not feeling good) to there (feeling good) Move, move with awareness, move with direction, move with presence. Move with the knowledge we are taking in vital energy, increasing life force, releasing blocks and healing.

Dr Randolph Stone encouraged us to “look for the health.” so, I suggest you  move something, a finger, a toe, change your mind, take one step, yawn or sigh, let go, any little or big movement…

Move something, because Dr Stone also said,  

Health is movement. Disease is fixation.






Pay Attention


We have been working with a saying in the Restorative class, “Your attention becomes your intention.”

I recently enjoyed a fortune cookie, and loved my “fortune” You will be surrounded by luxury”, I liked it so much I placed on the edge of my laptop.One night I was driving home from a family dinner and thinking about the elegantly set table, the delicious food, the fun company, I realized, I am surrounded by luxury! I’m embracing it.

Are you not seeing something right in front of you? What intention are you creating? Where is your attention?


Every Breath You Take

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During the past few weeks, I have been encouraging everyone in classes to match the length of their inhales and exhales with the length of the movements, or notice if and where they might be having trouble. We are always connecting the breath to our postures, inhale, extend, exhale, fold, yet often in our determination to “do asana right”, we lose awareness of the quality of our breathing. We get caught in our heads.
I surprised myself, when I found I was grasping for air, finishing my inhale long before I had filled out the shape of the pose. “Whoa, what is going on?” I thought. By mid week I had my answer. A few weeks ago, someone said something nice to me, ” I am 99% sure, I rolled my eyes and poo-pooed this, brushing them off. She did not let go, “you know, you have trouble accepting compliments” she told me. Still, I did not acknowledge the kind words. Now, I’m grasping for inhales? Trouble taking in, can’t accept a compliment, what else am I blocking in my life? My “aha” moment. Basic Polarity or Yoga theory, energy flows out and returns. In, out, neutral.A complete circle. That is the breath of life.
How are you breathing into your life?

Label Maker


I’ve been thinking about labels, degrees, descriptions, titles, those letters after our names. In 1999 after 3 pretty tough years of school, I earned the title, Registered Polarity Practitioner or RPP. This meant I had completed a certain amount of hours in studies that included anatomy, energetic assessment, communication/counseling skills, exercises, nutrition, structural balance, etc. I was thrilled; I had worked hard, believed in the work and just loved seeing RPP after my name.I have been a proud member of the American Polarity Therapy Association since 1996. As of February 26, I will no longer be a Registered Polarity Practitioner, my new title? Board Certified Polarity Practitioner. Just like that, I go from RPP to BCPP.  APTA has decided to do away with the RPP designation. Many members, like me, were holding both titles for the past few years. That is over. Boom, change… I am sure I will adjust to my new title.

I also think, maybe the only label that is truly useful is BY, Be Yourself.



Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! I receive many emails from different “thought leaders”, most of them are going on about making 2016 “your best year ever.”, and letting me know they have the answer to my current dilemma. Maybe they do. However, you all know I “preach” not to get attached to listening to any one Guru, become your own Guru. Only you can create change in your life.
I have been thinking about 3 words, Resolution, Intention, and Decision. Decision resonates with me for 2016. I let go of Resolution making a long time ago, I use the word Intention, however lately it’s lost its bite for me,” yeah, that was my intention, but this happened” is such an easy place to go to. Decision is my word, no way out, scary, yes, what if my choice was wrong, will I end up in a worse spot? It involves being responsible, growing up. You have all heard me say most of our problems are there because we are not connected to Source. You all know the feeling and price you pay when you do not listen to your internal guidance…
In 2016, I’m listening, I know for me this is an empowering practice. I will then take the required action; nothing will happen if I don’t make a move, course correct if I need to, without tearing myself apart, direct my energy by controlling my thoughts, “What you focus on expands” Flow with the life force, not against it.
It is a simple formula, Connect, Decide, Direct.
I’ve also decided to clear out most “thought leaders” from my Inbox.